Ronti Saddle Trek (Beyond The Roopkund)
13 Days | 12 Nights
Lohajung, Didna, Bedni Bugyal, Bhagubasa, Shila Samundra, Dodang, Ronti Saddle, Latakopri, Tatra, Kunol
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Region: Gharwal, Uttarakhand
Altitude: 5,200 Meter
Total Trek: 85 km.
About Ronti Saddle :
Ronti Saddle is a saddle between the glorious Himalayan peaks of Nanda Ghungti and Trishul closer to the Nanda Devi Inner Sanctuary.
The trek to Ronti Saddle is approached from the more popular Roopkund side and you enter the Sheela Samudra valley once you cross over the Junairagali Pass above Roopkund. A sharp descend from the Junairagali pass gets you to the vast and remote grassland of the Sheela Samudra. The name Sheela ( rocks ) Samudra ( sea ) translates to 'Sea of Rocks' and is given to the glacier coming down from the might Trishul. If there is some noise in this valley, it is of the frequent ice breaking and falling down from Trishul, feeding the Sheela Samudra glacier. Here, you will only find yourself and few 'Keeda Jadi, Yartse Gumba' pluckers during the months of June.
The trek after Sheela Samudra climbs up following the Nandakini river to the campsite of Do Dang ( 2 rocks ). It then treks over a broken ridge with sharp verticle fall on one side to takes us to Homkund - a small lake mostly under snow. From Homkund, the trek starts climbing to Ronti Saddle.
We can either cross over the Saddle ( recently a team of Bengali Trekkers has done that in September), but mostly will come back to Do Dang and exit via Ghat, trekking through the deep forest cover of Lata Khopri and the villages of Sutol and Sitel, following the Nandakini River.
· First aid medical kits and oxygen cylinder.
· Transport, Kathgodam to Kathgodam
· Accommodation. Tented or Tourist lodge.
· Meals only while on trek (Veg)
· Trek equipment. (micros picks or crampon, seat harness, helmet.)
· Permits/ Forest fees
· Porter to carry personal luggage.
· Experienced trek Leader, Guide and Support staff to help trekkers.
· Any kind of personal expenses.
· Meals during the transits
· Emergency evacuation
· Anything not specifically mentioned under the head price Includes.
Up to 30 Days:- 90% of Trek/adventure program cost will be refunded.
Between 21 - 30 Days:- 60% of Trek/adventure program cost will be refunded.
Between 20 - 11 Days:- 30% of Trek/adventure program cost will be refunded.
Less than 10 Days:- No refund.
Up to 10 Days:- 30% of Trek/adventure program cost will be charged.
Less than 10 Days:- No rescheduling allowed.
Any additional costs due to weather / unforeseen situations, will have to be borne by the traveller.
Our team reserves the right to change the plan in case there is danger involved for the group or whenever the trek leader deem it necessary.
Final word of the trek leaders will have to followed by all the members.
No show and trek changes/cancellation due to bad weather or natural calamity will be non-refundable.
Day 1: Kathgodam to Lohajung
Our representative meet you at kathgodam railway station then drive to lohajung and approx. after 7 to 8 hours drive we will be reached lohajung. Dinner and overnight stay at guest house.
Day 2: Lohajung to Didna
After breakfast wrap up some formalities like briefing and introduction to each other and then we get ready for the trek. Didna village is very beautiful camping place and after 5 hours walk we will be reached at dinda. Dinner and overnight stat at local home stay.
Day 3: Didna to Bedni Bugyal
After breakfast we leave Didna, and after an hour walk we will reach Tolpani. Tolpani is a cluster of huts of shepherds. We can spend some time here. Approx. 4 hours walk we will be reached Bedini bugyal.
Day 4: Bedni Bugyal to bhagubasa
After breakfast trek to bhagubasa. Bahgubasa is the base camp of roopkund. Dinner and overnight stay at camp.
Day 5: Resting day
Day 6: Bhagubasa to Shila samundra
Today is a special day for us. We start our climb at early in the morning. The trail climbs up steadily and the last stretch is a good steep climb for an hour. we spend some time resting and enjoying the roopkund and junargali we will be reached after 3 to 4 hours walk. Trishul is so close from here. Dinner and overnight stay at camp.
Day 7: Shila samundra to base camp (Dodang)
We breakfast we start off slowly and soon find ourself crossing the boulders of Sheela Samudra. We witness numeric tarns of the once a mighty glacier. The route then follows the Nandakini river climbing gradually upwards, though some part of the trail is unmarked and very slippery with almost no distinct trail. We need to be careful in these sections.
Day 8: Base camp to Ronti saddle (via home) and back to Base camp
We start climbing early in the morning. It’s a 3 hour steep and strenuous climb from Homkund to Ronti Saddle. From the top you can see Ronti Peaks 1, 2 ; Trishul 1, 2, 3 ; Nanda Ghungti, Nanda devi. We spend some time on the tope and then we start to descend the same route and it takes us couple of hours to reach back base camp. Dinner and overnight stay at camp.
Day 9: Base camp to Latakopri
This is an eventful day with a eventful river crossing to do. Its a long day and the river crossing is the trickier part. Once thats done, we take it easy to reach our campsite at Lata Khopri. The trek passes through some of the deep lush green forest of the Nanda Devi Biosphere. Its a beautiful campsite amidst the deep jungle.
Day 10: Latakopri to Tatra
After breakfast trek to Tatra, today we start trek early, and approx. 9 km distance between latakopri to Tatra. Dinner and overnight stay at Tatra.
Day 11: Tatra to Kunol
After breakfast we get ready for the trek. Today we trek through the forest and Total distance approx. 12 km. dinner and overnight stay in tent.
Day 12: Kunol to Lohajung via varn
After breakfast trek to Kunol, today 11 km trek and 15 km drive. Dinner and overnight stay in guest house.
Day 13: Lohajung to Kathgodam.
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